SOLD: Victorian amethyst gold brooch, circa 1880


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This charming mid-19th century amethyst brooch is almost certainly from colonial Australia – or perhaps New Zealand, given the fern motif.

There are no identifying marks but the use of bloomed gold flora around a central element is typical.

The ferns provide a lush frame for the lively light purple amethyst, which takes on pink tones in daylight.

The setting is worth noting. Cut down settings, where the claws are formed by cutting down a much higher original setting, requires an enormous amount of skill and time. Though common in Georgian jewellery, it had become almost obsolete by this time.

The size is generous, at about 4cm in width.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold
• Approximately 3.9cm (just over 1 1/2 inches) wide, 3cm (1 3/16 inch) tall
• Weight is 8.9 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: the other antique brooch is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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